A Report On Wintering For Full Timers:
As you may know, if you have read my thread, insulating IS important. I sealed the bus windows with silicone. I sealed the top of the windows and the seam in the middle of the windows. Now, no wind comes through there. I also placed 3/4 inch Styrofoam insulation into the window frames that I am not using for light.
Now for something that I may not have mentioned. It is important to keep warm air from escaping out through the vents of your rooftop air conditioner. I used duct tape to cover the intake vents and the output vents of the rooftop air conditioners in my bus. It makes a big difference.
Also, the stove vent will let lots of air out. I left that one alone, as I use the stove sometimes.
Now for something that makes a big difference; an electric blanket.
I received an early gift. It is an electric blanket. It is not so much a blanket. It is more like a fitted sheet that fits on my twin bed. Therefore, I sleep on top of it. It is amazing. It is 180 watts on high setting. It has many settings ( 1-10 ).
I must say that it is SO great to sleep on what I like to call my "heated mattress". It was a little over 30 dollars.
I have not even turned on my propane heaters when it is in the teens outside. I still have my electric oil filled heaters going though.
I have awoken to see that it is 51 degrees inside the bus, but I was comfy cozy in my bed. The dogs are OK because they have their built in fur coats.
My friend, Dennis, has been telling me for years to get an electric blanket. He is also a full timer. He has an old GMC bus. Get yourself an electric blanket. You'll be glad you did.
Another great thing is the pad that I use for my feet while I sit at my desk. It is made to put in a dog house. It is a plastic thing that is about two square feet. It is 80 watts. It was about 30 dollars.
Also, I wear an insulated coveralls that Dennis sent me a couple years ago. I wear them pretty much 24/7 in the winter. It is kind of bulky, but it keeps me warm. I even wear a sock cap to sleep if it gets real cold.
I thought that with the insulation that I put in when I built this bus that It would be warmer. It is alarmingly cold in here.
I should have tripled the insulation that I put in. But then, I would not have much headroom.
OH! Another thing that really helps is to put a skirt of some sort around the bottom of the bus. I once used hay bales, but I am worried about spontaneous combustion of wet vegetation.
I hope that these suggestions will help those of you who are full timing in cold climates.
Here are two pics from a music party last weekend. And NO, I do not know how to play the violin. These pics were taken at a friend's house. The mandolin on the left and the one in the center are mine. My friend, Shaun owns three of the banjos. The others were brought by the other musicians. It is a cool picture.
I am, by no means, a banjo player. However, if you want to see me noodling around on one, here is a youtube link.
Also, here is a link to a bootleg of me playing an accordion. As with the banjo video, I was not aware of being filmed. I can play the accordion fairly well.
Happy holidays to you all. I wish you all good times visiting your families. It is these times that I wish I had children.
Here are the pics of the fun musical weekend